Veggie Lasagna

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Veggie Lasagna

Post  justmecookin on Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:16 am

Veggie Lasagna

1 package (16 ounces) frozen sliced carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Spinach Layer:
2 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Eggplant Layer:
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups marinara sauce
12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Cook carrots according to package directions; drain and cool. In a small skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. In a food processor, puree the carrots, onion, ricotta, salt and pepper. In same skillet, saute shallots in oil until tender. In a food processor, puree the shallots, spinach, ricotta, egg, salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, cook eggplant and garlic in oil over medium heat in batches for 7-10 minutes or until tender; drain. Sprinkle with salt. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles, carrot mixture, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan. Top with four noodles, eggplant, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan.

Layer with remaining noodles, spinach mixture, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 cup mozzarella and 3/4 cup Parmesan. Top with remaining sauce, basil, mozzarella and Parmesan (dish will be full). Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

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